Portable Power Tool Safety

Course Description:

Portable power tools are common at many workplaces, but many workers become complacent when using them on the job and are seriously injured as a result.  This course is designed for workers who use portable power tools such as drills, sanders, chain saws, circular saws, and grinders and provides information about the hazards and safe practices to prevent injury.  By the end of the course, you will be able to identify the hazards of portable power tools, take precautions against injury, use tool guards effectively and correctly, and understand common safety practices for specific types of tools.  Duration: 14 minutes

Course Duration: 14 minutes

Why “Portable Power Tool Safety” Matters:

Every year in the United States, portable power tools cause over 10,000 work-related injuries that result in lost workdays.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issues hundreds of citations for portable power tool hazards every year, with an average single-violation penalty of over $2,000.  Training in safe use of portable power tools can prevent many of these injuries and violations.

Key Points:

Keep portable power tools regularly maintained to ensure they are in good condition.

Always use the right tool for the job, and don’t use tools for purposes for which they weren’t designed.

Examine each tool for damage before use, and don’t use tools that appear to be damaged.

Always operate tools according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Use the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) to prevent injuries.

Make sure tool guards are in place, and never try to remove or bypass them.

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